28 Aug '11, 11pm

Chemicals' role in frog deaths missed. — Environmental Health News Scientists critique the news? I can dig it!

Sabri Ben-Achour's story for WAMU – Washington D.C.'s National Public Radio affiliate – highlights the role a fungus called chytrid plays in the intensifying amphibian die-offs and extinctions occurring globally. By some estimates, the fungus was associated with 94 out of 122 frog species extinctions since 1980. While the article mentions that habitat loss and climate change are also significant drivers in amphibian population crashes, the author misses an additional point about chemicals in the environment. Some can weaken amphibians’ immune systems – and by some accounts – leave them less well-equipped to fight off infection. Climate change, habitat loss, widespread environmental contamination and infectious disease are all are believed to contribute to global declines in amphibian populations. But the risk factors are often examined in isolation. A study of northern leo...

Full article: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/blog/chemicals...

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